Two more tournament judges (Pat A. and Dodie F.) took on the six Round Three books in the Niles Library’s first Tournament of Books.
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Interested in reading reviews/comments about the books chosen for the Tournament of Books? Our Adult Services Librarians (Tournament Judges) will blog about their choice here on the Buzz Blog. In Round 1, Part 3, Darlene F. and Cyndi R. comment on their picks below.
Interested in reading reviews/comments about the books chosen for the Tournament of Books? Our Adult Services Librarians (Tournament Judges) will blog about their choice here on the Buzz Blog. In Round 1, Part 2, Maryellen E. and Mary M. comment on their picks below.
Interested in reading reviews/comments about the books chosen for the Tournament of Books? Our Adult Services Librarians (Tournament Judges) will blog about their choice here on the Buzz Blog. In Round 1, Part 1, Ruth S. and Barb P. comment on their picks below.
It seems almost everyone is compelled to close out the year with a list of Bests. Librarians are no exception, but this year we’re asking you to help us out.
What was the best book of 2013? We narrowed the field to 12 and fashioned the list into a bonafide Tournament of Books, starting on March 1.
The brackets will be posted on the Third Floor slatwall. Every week, paired books will go head to head. Our judges will select a winner to advance to the next round. Tournament books are available in multiple formats for your convenience.
Join in the fun by reading and voting for the best book. Ballots will also be on the Third Floor slatwall.
Here’s a list of this year’s Tournament of Book contenders vying to the title of 2013:
For distinguished fiction by an American author:
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” by Nathan Englander (Alfred A. Knopf), a diverse yet consistently masterful collection of stories that explore Jewish identity and questions of modern life in ways that can both delight and unsettle the reader; and “The Snow Child,” by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown), and enchanting novel about an older homesteading couple who long for a child amid the harsh wilderness of Alaska and a feral girl who emerges from the woods to bring them hope.
Lord Crick has died. While convulsing. And turning yellow. And providing his family with a gruesome corpse. Although young Lord Crick had some health issues (i.e. the pox) and a rather nasty disposition, it really was a ghastly and horrific death. His sister Lady Lydia decides that there must be a further investigation. The gossip against her husband Captain Flynn, who is her brother’s heir, is becoming scandalous. On the advice of her cousin Francis, she travels to London to meet with Dr. Thomas Silkstone, an American physician who is working, studying and teaching with British anatomist Dr. Carruthers. Silkstone, who is quite taken with Lady Lydia, agrees reluctantly to exhume and examine the corpse and answer questions at the inquest.
When he is at the estate, he finds not just a house in mourning, but a household full of secrets. Silkstone uses his primitive forensic and toxicology skills to study the remains, but he finds more questions than answers, and his list of suspects in the household grows. The tension swells, and the plot twists, but will Silkstone (with some help from Carruthers,) find the answers with his scientific methods before there is another body found on the estate? Harris writes a layered tale of forensic mystery using engaging characters who struggle with the conventions of their time. Silkstone is wonderful as the outsider looking into their society. Can’t wait to read the next one in the series!